Dollar set for record run, European shares rise

The dollar was on track on Friday for its best run since it was floated in 1971, notching up a seventh straight month of gains, while European shares headed for their best monthly performance in more than three years. Cheered by upbeat German retail sales, which posted their biggest annual rise in 2-1/2 years in December, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index advanced on Friday, with Germany's DAX index rising 0.

6%. European gains tracked a late rally on Wall Street on Thursday, where stronger-than-expected US jobs numbers.

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